Lockdown fines have virtually ceased in some areas of the country, official figures reveal – The Sun

LOCKDOWN fines have virtually ceased in some areas of the country, official figures revealed yesterday.

London’s Met Police handed out just three Fixed Penalty Notices in the period between May 25 and 8 June.

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West Midlands cops, who cover Birmingham, handed out three fines in the two-week period up to Monday – while Greater Manchester Police gave out just one.

Meanwhile, police in Co Durham, where Government chief adviser Dominic Cummings drove to during lockdown, also issued one FPN for breaching coronavirus regulations in that period.

Statistics revealed fines have sharply fallen since lockdown restrictions were eased on May 13 with 1,526 issued since then.

The majority of those were given during scorching weather on Saturday 30 May.

Just 161 were handed out in England from June 1, when groups of six people were allowed to meet outdoors – despite mass protests across the country.

'RELAXED RULES'

Nearly 18,000 fines have been handed out to people for lockdown rules in England and Wales since they were introduced on March 27.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council said recent fines were issued to people for driving with others who are not members of their household, house parties, large gatherings and camping.

NPCC Chair Martin Hewitt said the fall in FPN’s was due to a combination of relaxed rules and police attention being focused on returning demands of dealing with crime and violence.

He urged the public to continue abiding by coronavirus restrictions.

Police are gearing up to deal with further mass Black Lives Matter protests this weekend over the death of George Floyd – with more than 200 having taken place so far in the UK.

Mr Hewitt said police faced a “difficult challenge balancing the rights of people to protest and enforcing coronavirus regulations.”

Essex chief constable Ben-Julian Harrington, NPCC lead on public order, said local police commanders would assess appropriate action to take at demos.

He also pledged: “Where there is violence taking place we will take action.”

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